Bodywork

Massage and Sports Therapy Techniques To Help You Relieve Pain, Heal Faster, and Meet Your Sports Goals

Bodywork Improves Performance Mentally and Physically

Bodywork helps free your muscles, fascia, and nerves from binding and chronic pain. It can settle the spasming of an acute muscle strain. And it can teach you about what's going on in your body so that you can make good decisions in your training and sport performance.

Yoga Bodywork Adjustments

A Seven-Day Continuing Education Course In Manual Adjustments For Yogic Practitioners
Developed by Kate Howe while assisting Saraswati Jois in 2014, Yoga Bodywork Adjustments can be integrated into or taught in addition to a standard 200- or 500-hour yoga teacher training course.

This is only existing system that uses knowledge of anatomy and bodywork techniques to help you give safer and more helpful adjustments for your yoga students.

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Modalities: The Kinds of Bodywork

What kinds of bodywork do you need? There is a different progression of techniques for each kind of injury or condition.
Fire Cupping is a 3500 year old Chinese Modality which, from the Chinese perspective, works like an energy dredge, releasing stuck or toxic Qi (pronounced “chee”) from the body.

From the Western perspective, Fire Cupping works because it pulls blood to the area of treatment. When a muscle is ischemic, or lacking blood, and a Fire Cup (which is essentially a suction cup) is placed on the area, blood rushes to the area.

Suddenly, the muscle has a ready nutrient supply from which to produce ATP, or energy, and fire again, this time, letting go.

Cupping is an outstanding therapy for people with stress, insomnia, breathing difficulty, trigger point pain, back and disc issues, and sheeting muscles.

It is also excellent for rehabilitation of scars, helping them to lie flat and be lighter in color with repeated treatment.

Fire Cupping will leave a purple mark on your back for 4-6 days. From the Chinese perspective, the mark is there as long as the back is opening, releasing and the stuck or toxic Qui is venting from the body.
GuaSha is another ancient Chinese technique, also known as skin scraping.

This peasant remedy is a more vigorous way to bring blood to an area. A slick oil is applied liberally to the area, and then a variety of tools are used to rub the musculature. As the tool is rubbed over the area, a “bloom” will occur, usually where the area is the most ischemic (lacking in blood).

As the practitioner follows the bloom around and gets more vigorous, the client often experiences the sensation of a gathering ball of energy, which suddenly squeezes out and releases.

This modality will leave a mark on your back for 4-6 days. This mark is not a bruise and this modality is NOT painful. In fact, I had one client remark, as he drooled on the face cradle, “Oh my God, I wish they made a machine that would do this to every muscle in your body!”

This modality is excellent for trigger point pain and old, chronic injuries.
Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds every muscle fiber, every bundle of fibers, every individual muscle, and wraps the whole body up in a three dimensional fibrous bag.

If the fascia is tight, or bound, or contains trigger points, you can rub the muscle all you want, but you won’t get very far.

Consider the fascia like the envelope that the muscle sits in. If the envelope is too small, no matter how much you relax the muscle, it will still be sitting in a container that is constricting it.

Myofascial work is incredibly relieving, helps heat the body, stretch the bag, and opens up the musculature. The use of organic honey allows me to get a good grip on the skin, so that the fascia comes right along with the hands.

There is no "Indian burn” sensation of the skin stretching, just bliss as the fascia slowly opens, and nutritive blood begins to flow to the area.

Leg length discrepancies, lack of range of motion, neck pain, pain in the low back, pelvis, headaches, radiating pain, all of these things can be addressed first from the fascia.
Basalt stones hold temperature incredibly well. Mine are soaked in a custom aromatherapy oil bath, blended specifically to you.

Lavender, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Peppermint -- whatever your constitution is, the fragrant oil is infused into the water where the stones steep.

Massage with hot stones is a lovely way to bring heat to the musculature, and the stones stay warm for quite a long time.

This modality can be used all over the body, even between the toes. A delicious, soothing way to bring heat to the body.

While I have cold stones, I don’t often use them, as cold tends to restrict blood and fluid. They can be quite useful in treating headache and acute pain, and are sometimes used to “set the work” after a deep trigger point session.
NeuroMuscular Therapy (NMT) is an incredible treatment which needs to be done just right.

Excellent for people with Fibromyalgia, trigger point pain, chronic radiating pain, reduced range of motion, headaches, insomnia, depression, this therapy requires a sensitive touch and the cooperation of the client.

A trigger point is a taut band which is ischemic (lacking blood) and therefore unable to fire and release again. This taut band can be anywhere in the musculature or fascia.

When this happens, and the muscle is chronically contracted just in that one area, it essentially overloads the adjacent nerve. In response to this overload, the nerve begins to tell the nerve next to it, “I can’t handle this, please send a pain signal, as well!”

Because of this cycle, pain begins to radiate in seemingly unpredictable patterns.
If treated improperly, trigger points can grow, multiply, get amplified, create headaches, or, if pressed on too hard, get pulverized, creating little colonies of pain clusters.

As a person who deals with Fibromyalgia (active trigger points the whole body through) myself, I can appreciate the pain of trigger points, and the importance of patient, thorough treatment which can bring relief.

If you suffer from trigger points, you likely will need more than one session for the affected area. Over time, the trigger points can be reduced, and even eliminated completely.
Have you ever...

Pulled your MCL playing soccer? Sprained a toe trying to do backflips off a sandbar? Tweaked your shoulder lifting a 24-pack of beer? Done so many bicep curls that you can't lift your hands?

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Kate Howe is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and is accredited by Health Works Institute in Bozeman, MT.

She currently teaches Yoga Bodywork Adjustments at teacher trainings internationally. She also is the sports therapist for the Mexican National Paddle Board Olympic team.